A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 2, what did the British go to Rhodesia to find?

2. In "Despite broken bondage . . .," in the old days a woman was only regarded as sacred if she what?

3. In "African religions," what does African religion focus on?

4. In "African religions," why did Bessie say that most of Asia was blanked out as barbaric in her school's geography book?

5. Bessie's suffering in South Africa created in her a reverence for what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Bessie's hatred of the white man lessened in Chapter 2?

2. In "A Note on Rain Clouds," what does Bessie state is thwarting young, idealistic, black men and their ideals?

3. Why according to Bessie has Botswana survived by "sheer luck and unexpected good fortune"?

4. In "African Religions," what, does Bessie state is the main difference between Asian and African religious ideals?

5. What was Bessie's life like during the two years that she lived in the refugee community in northern Botswana?

6. In "Social and Political Pressures . . . ," what astonished Bessie about the book "One Hundred Years of Solitude"?

7. What was Bessie's first experience of racism in a black form?

8. In "African Religions," what does Bessie state is at the root of religion in Africa?

9. Why does Bessie consider Botswana the "most unique and distinguished country in Africa"?

10. Why was Bessie able to write in Botswana rather than South Africa?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bessie thinks that friendship is very important in South Africa. What kind of country is South Africa, according to her? What do you find yourself doing if you have friends? What are you left alone to face if your friends flee the country? What do friends allow you to do that Bessie feels is essential to not becoming passive? Describe the good friend that Bessie had in South Africa and what effect his fleeing the country had on her.

Essay Topic 2

The Natives Land Act of 1913 deeply affected the lives of the South African blacks. What was the purpose of the Act? What did the shortage of labor at the mines have to do with the passing of the Act? What were the consequences for whites, who allowed the blacks access to water or grazing land? What, do you think, was the main effect on the psyche of the one million black people affected by the passing of this Act?

Essay Topic 3

Bessie developed an early love for Capetown and returned there frequently. What did her friends tell her about Capetown in 1958? Why does she love it so much? What sense does she get there? Why do the whites of the Cape describe it as having a liberal tradition? What does Bessie think of their assessment? Why does she say they pride themselves on this? What kind of personality do the Cape Coloureds have that she admires? What compromise have they made with the ruling group? What impressions do you get from Bessie regarding this compromise?

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